October 09, 2012

Everything is Bigger in Texas

Meghan Stasi and Wendi Golden outlast their opponents in long matches to advance to Round of 16

San Antonio is proving to be a battle zone for two of our Florida women.  Both Meghan Stasi, of Oakland Park, and Wendi Golden, of Bradenton, outlasted their opponents in full and extended matches in Tuesday morning's Round of 32 matches.  Round of 16 matches begin Tuesday afternoon. 

In one of the greatest comebacks in championship history, three-time champion Meghan Stasi, defeated Lynne Cowan of Davis, California, after 22 holes.  Stasi was 5 down after 12 when she went eagle-eagle-birdie-birdie on holes 13 through 16 to get back to 1 down on Cowan.  Cowan's bogey on 18 gave Stasi the window she needed, making par and extending the match to extra holes.  Both players made par on the next three holes, but Stasi's experience in pressure situations proved to pay off after she birdied the 22nd hole to end the match.  Stasi will face local Kelley Nittoli, of San Antonio, Texas, in the afternoon matches.

Executive director of the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association, Wendi Golden of Bradenton, defeated Patti Hogeboom, of Canada, 2&1 in the Round of 32 matches.  Golden was never down in her match against Hogeboom.  Golden's next opponent is Debbie Adams, of Asheville, North Carolina, in Round of 16 matches. 

The 2012 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur is the first national championship conducted at the club, but sectional qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur and the USGA Senior Amateur has been previously staged at Briggs Ranch, along with local U.S. Open qualifying.  Briggs Ranch Golf Club, a Tom Fazio layout, is set up at 6,142 yards and will play to a par of 36-36--72.  The championship is open to amateur female golfers who have reached their 25th birthday on or before Oct. 6, 2012, and who hold a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 9.4.

Click here or check out www.USGA.org for complete results and live scoring.

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